Monday, October 18, 2010

The Rally and Bulahdelah NSW

Today marked the end of a wonderful if not eventful week and I believe there were 1028 mobile homes of all shapes & sizes at the venue. The weather was kind to us all and the sun actually shined for a few days. The rain held off but the winds were quite fierce. The Rally officially ended last night with the closing ceremony followed by CMCA Showcase of member’s entertainment and emceed by Mel and Susie( Two lovely bush poets).
 We caught up with a lot of people and met a lot more. Today we exited the venue without too much trouble after managing to do a right hand turn on the busy Hastings River Road. We arrived at our destination of Bulahdelah, a lovely NSW town near Forster and north of Newcastle around lunch time. We have parked at the Show grounds amidst, lovely green ovals and fresh country air. The Big Rigs Clan, of which we are members, are having a get together here. We are enjoying being plugged into power although our solar panels were sufficient for our needs at the rally. I managed to fit in a couple of workshops during the week we were in Port Macquarie.
 I made a silver& black necklace and matching earrings at the jewellery workshop and I also completed a concertina scrapbooking album. I managed to melt a bit of the plastic at the Settlement Shopping Centre as we were given 30% discount at Katies and Miller Stores after attending the Fashion Parade on the Wednesday. The entertainment was great, the best being the Governor’s Ball on Friday night and Frankie J Holden was the act for the evening.
 He had everyone young and old up on the floor and tapping to the music. The Ball is a bit of fun with nearly everyone getting their costumes from the local op shops. There were admirals, and wenches, ladies of class and prisoners in costume. On Open day Saturday we had the opportunity to show Frankie j and his Dad, Harry our motor home. I must say that Harry is a bit of a character, just like his son. He is a very lovely and charming fellow and 91 years young!
Guess who managed to get his photo in the local paper? Bill is in the back row on the left hand side
We joined fellow Big Rig members to a happy hour on Thursday evening and a BBQ was held for the HF Radio club members at Saturday lunchtime. The Lion’s club was flat our cooking meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and I am sure they were rewarded for their hard work by lots of sales. There were bush poet breakfasts each day and lots of other exciting things. We raised over $27,000.00 for charity from the gate takings on Open day, raffles, the fashion parade and donations etc. The main recipients were the Rural Fire Station and some money went towards The Riding for Disable and McGrath Foundation and rugs donated by the ladies were given to the Salvation Army for distribution to the nursing homes in the area. (Over 400 rugs were made at this rally). So it’s not all just laughs and fun we do serious things also.

We need to spend a little R & R to recuperate as we did quite a bit of walking (and Talking) at the rally and I for one am exhausted.

Talk again soon

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